Monarchs eliminated from zone tourney after comeback bid falls short

Hoisington scored four runs in the third inning to build a 5-1 lead then held off the Hays Monarchs the rest of the way for a 5-4 win, eliminating Hays from the Larned “AA” Zone tournament. Hoisington hit a three-run home run in the bit inning after scoring one run in the first.

The Monarchs scored two in the fourth on a Justin Pfeifer two-run triple then added another run in the sixth to pull within a run. Taylor Wasinger hit a one-0ut double in the seventh, but Braiden Werth and Dick Hockett both flied out to end the Monarchs hopes of a comeback.

Liam Stults takes the loss, allowing five runs, four earned, on six hits over three innings. Kameron Schmidt went 3-for-3 while Pfeifer and Jordan Gottschalk both had two hits.

The Monarchs end their season at 17-7.